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Obagi & Pregnancy; other product recommendations?
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mginfinity
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Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:12 pm      Reply with quote
I've been using Obagi NuDerm & Tretinoin for the past 6 months and have been loving it; it cmpletely cleared up my acne. Just found out I'm 2 weeks pregnant, so I have to stop the system and switch to something else; I'm terrified that my skin will be a mess again, does anyone have any other skin care regimens to recommend for sensitive/dry skin/acne prone skin?
Thaks!! Smile
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Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:19 pm      Reply with quote
Hi and congratulations! I know what it is like to be pregnant, as I was only five months ago. (My God does the time fly by! My baby is now 5 months!) During my pregnancy i was very worried about breaking out. I asked my Obgyn if it was okay to use Proactiv and she said it was. I also called Motherisk, a toll free number here in Canada which gives you info on drug and food info while pregnant. What's safe etc. I don't have the website but you may want to google it. There may be something of the sort where you live as well. Any way, I called this number as well and the nurse told me that while not 100% safe, there is like a 1 in 100,000 chance of harm to the fetus (please don't quote me on this as I am not a doctor or specialist), it is not bad. BP does get into the system but not enough to harm the fetus. Ultimately, it is your choice. I chose to use it and my baby is fine, but again, it is up to you and only you know what you want to use, eat etc. during pregnancy. I would speak with your doctor/dermo first, just to be safe.

BTW, I think if I hadn't used Proactiv I still would have had great skin. Pregnancy does such good things for your skin. The glow is true! (Well, for the lucky ones! And I think I was one of the lucky ones!)

Again, congratulations! It is the most beautiful experience in the world! Enjoy your free time now because you won't have much later! Smile

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Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:02 pm      Reply with quote
I've been researching this for the last month extensively. I have had terrible breakouts in the last few months also. The doctor said BP and salicyic acid are okay, but then I find some articles online saying not to use salicylic acid. Rolling Eyes

The motherisk website is this:
http://www.motherisk.org/updates/index.php?id=301
I found that a while back while researching retinol use with pregnancy.


Also AHA's like lactic and glycolic acids are okay to use since, your body produces this naturally:

http://health.discovery.com/centers/pregnancy/americanbaby/skincare.html

"Pregnancy Skin Care: Acne and Oil
If your skin is oily and/or acne prone, you'll probably experience your worst breakouts during the first trimester of pregnancy. The safest way to treat these breakouts is with a product that contains glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, topical erythromycin (prescription only), or witch hazel."

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Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:16 pm      Reply with quote
I've gotten good results from glycolics on my acne. I've been using the PTR 10% glycolic HYDRATING gel (no salicylic acids, but the clarifying one contains them)

no dryness, no sensitivity...might be worth looking into Smile

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Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:09 am      Reply with quote
The Dr. H rythmic night conditioner really worked for me during my pregnancy...but they are pretty expensive, so if you get them, try getting them from a discount site in Europe (like bce-europe.com). Very Happy
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Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:53 am      Reply with quote
Thanks so much everyone- I really appreciate the advice!!!
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